Tyrone Mings has called for unity from the Aston Villa squad after they endured a disappointing defeat at Southampton.
The centre-back returned to Dean Smith's starting XI after missing last weekend's game against Tottenham but he was unable to inspire his side to a positive result at St Mary’s.
Villa were firmly second best as they fell to a 2-0 reverse on the south coast and Mings readily admitted they weren't up to scratch.
Speaking post-match, he said: “We’re in a relegation battle and the minimum requirement is to fight and battle and we didn’t do that.
“We can have no complaints because it wasn’t good enough.
“We didn’t start well, didn’t get into the game. We’re one point above the relegation zone and the next time we play we may well be in the relegation zone, so something needs to change.”
The battle against relegation from the Premier League takes a back seat next weekend as Villa head to Wembley for the Carabao Cup Final.
Mings said there is plenty of work to be done ahead of the game but he firmly believes the squad will stick together and look to move forward.
“We’ll figure it out behind closed doors,” he said.
“The last thing we need to do now is fracture and lose faith in each other, so we’ll prepare for the League Cup Final and it might be a welcome distraction from the league.”